There are 23 wildfires currently burning in British Columbia, with the majority now in the province’s Kamloops Fire Centre.
Three new fires have been sparked in the last two days.
In Southern B.C., many residents are still reporting an increase in smoke in the region. This is due to wildfires burning across the border in Washington state, Oregon and California.
Children and the elderly population should take it easy and any strenuous outdoor activity should be rescheduled, according to Environment Canada.
There remain two wildfires of note, which means they are very visible or pose a threat to public safety.
To see the location of the current wildfires around B.C., click the map below.
The BC Wildfire Service now estimates the lightning-caused Doctor Creek wildfire to be 7,645 hectares as of Thursday, Sept. 17.
The fire, which is classified as “being held,” is burning about 25 kilometres southwest of Canal Flats, about an hour’s drive north of Cranbrook.
The fire is burning in steep and rocky terrain. Battling the blaze are 65 firefighters, two helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment.
The BC Wildfire Service says no structures are currently threatened.
As a result of planned ignitions and smoke drifting into the area from wildfires burning in the United States, aviation resources are unable to complete a new perimeter track at this time. When smoke dissipates, an aerial track will be completed.
Thursday, crews will continue patrol and hot-spotting the fuel-free and will be expanding the 50 ft black line to 100 ft along the ignitions area perimeter. On Wednesday, day crews working along the retardant reinforced guard edge had mopped up to 50 ft and more in some sections. Today they will continue expanding to 100 ft in from the perimeter. Rehabilitation plans have been completed for the northern and eastern flanks of the fire and work is ongoing. Gear from this section of the fire has been demobbed to staging for transport to the warehouse.
The remainder of the gear has been demobilized from the northern and eastern flanks and is being moved to staging to be transferred to the warehouse. Crews are continuing with final patrols and hot spot checks. Rehabilitation plans have been completed for this section of the fire and work is ongoing.
Remote cameras have also been installed in the area to monitor fire behaviour.
An evacuation order for five properties in the Findlay Creek Area was rescinded and downgraded to an evacuation alert on Sept. 10. More information can be found here.
The BC Wildfire Service has reduced the size of the area restriction order for Crown land in the vicinity of the wildfire A detailed map of the affected area can be found here.
This lightning-caused fire remains an estimated 1,142 hectares in size and is located in the Slocan Valley, about 3.5 kilometres northwest of Highway 6 and about 30 km north of Castlegar.
On scene battling the blaze are 77 firefighters, seven helicopters and seven pieces of heavy equipment.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has further reduced the evacuation alert area for the Talbott Creek wildfire.
The district is rescinding the Evacuation Alert for all properties east of the Slocan River, a total of 63 properties. The Evacuation Alert remains in place for 113 properties between Vallican and north to Drake Street along Slocan River Road.
Those residents should be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.
Helicopters were able to fly Wednesday afternoon and again Thursday morning during periods of improved visibility. Bucketing is focused on the east flank of the fire, specifically in the McFayden and Draw Creek drainages.
There was minimal fire growth overnight. The majority of fire growth continues to be on the north flank, with some progression in the east.
Ongoing infrared scans continue to identify hot spots. Crews are working on the south flank to cool these spots.
The hose-lay beginning at Natlamp Road moving northeast has been completed.